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Copley school board fills two key positions

7/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

At the July 8 Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education meeting, the board hired Paul Kijinski as principal of Arrowhead Primary School and Heather Doyle as director of pupil services.
Photo: Pam Lifke
The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education at its July 8 meeting filled two key positions for the 2014-15 school year.

Heather Doyle was hired as director of pupil services, replacing Denise Cirinio, and Paul Kijinski was hired as principal of Arrowhead Primary School, replacing Renee Foerster. Cirino and Foerster resigned to take positions closer to their homes, according Superintendent Brian Poe.

Doyle, who was awarded a two-year contract, previously was assistant coordinator of special services for Medina City Schools. Prior to her administrative role, Doyle was a school psychologist in Medina schools and an adjunct instructor at Ashland University, according to Poe. She has been published in multiple professional publications, Poe said.

The Arrowhead principal’s job is Kijinski’s first administrative position, Poe said. For the past 14 years, Kijinski has worked in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District. He has taught multiple grade levels in both public and private schools, said Poe. Kijinski previously was a commissioned officer and missile crew commander in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a senior instructional designer/training manager for Rockwell Automation and KeyCorp. He was awarded a one-year contract.

Poe told board members there still were a small number of positions to fill before the beginning of the school year.

“We are continuing to interview for those positions, but I’m real, real comfortable with where we are in the hiring and recommendation process at this point in the summer,” he said.

The board also approved a salary schedule for administrative and central office staff employees. Under the new schedule, the assistant superintendent, business manager, building principals and assistant principals, supervisors and directors will see a salary increase.

“This reflects a fair and equitable and sustainable 2 percent increase,” said Poe.

The salary schedule for those employees has been frozen for the past four years, said Treasurer John Wheadon.

Meanwhile, the district and its teachers’ union have not yet scheduled a meeting with a federal mediator, Poe said after the meeting. Earlier, Poe said the two sides are at an impasse after six meetings on a contract proposal presented to the Copley Teachers Association April 23. The teachers’ most recent contract expired June 29, Poe said. Under Ohio law, the old contract will remain in effect until a new agreement can be reached, he said earlier.

The board also approved service agreements with the Blick Clinic, North Coast Therapy Associates, Education Alternatives, Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, Akron Children’s Hospital and the Medina County Schools Educational Service Center. The agreements, totaling about $850,000, are for nursing services for all 3,100 district students, occupational and physical therapy for about 120 students and additional services for another 14 students who require “some unique and intensive services that are over and above what a typical student may need,” Poe said. The contracts will allow the district to provide a “wide range of approaches and services and work with the person we feel is best suited to the needs of that individual child,” Poe added.

In other action, the board:

  • accepted resignations of tutor Kristin Keiper and sixth-grade teacher Vincent Suber;
  • hired elementary teacher Marisa Beavers, science teachers Christine Cherkala and Hallie Simenc, general music teachers N. Brett Dawson and Trishah Snowden, marketing teacher Debbie Spangler and German teacher Lori Starcher;
  • recalled special needs assistant Honey Coulter-Fiore from the reduction in force list; and
  • approved petty cash and change funds.

Following up on the board’s approval at its June 24 meeting of a resolution allowing the district to pursue a paving project without competitive bidding, Wheadon, following the meeting, said the project was awarded in its entirety to Barberton Asphalt for about $200,000. Barberton Asphalt’s quote for the project was about $120,000 less than bids rejected at the June 24 meeting, he said. The project has begun. The board rejected previous bids and approved the resolution to award a contract without bidding in an effort to complete paving of district parking lots before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

The board’s next meeting is Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Copley High School Main Conference Room, 3797 Ridgewood Road.

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